Young people just aren’t getting involved anymore. And you really can’t blame them.
Yes, you heard that right: I’m defending lack of youth participation in politics.
It’s not that the next generation has no sense of public service or greater social responsibility. In fact, the opposite is true. They just don’t trust in the government to effect real change. And are they so wrong in their distrust? After all, they voted for hope and change. For peace. For transparency. And what did they get? A government that persecutes whistleblowers with a vengeance. More wars. More of the same across the board, with no hope in sight.
The youth, it seems, have predicted the future, and by doing so will render it a self-fulfilling prophecy. The future in question: we’re moving towards a voluntary world. The era where all of society’s great issues are dealt with by abdicating to government is over. Now, today’s young folk are doing precisely what is required to build a brilliant future: taking said future directly into their own hands.
So don’t bemoan Gen Y’s flight from involvement in the system. The leaders of tomorrow are simply building their own system of dealing with the world’s challenges. And they’re going to be just fine.